By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Congressman Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) wants the Department of Veterans Affairs to release findings from 140 health care investigations going back to 2006 which, according to a March 2015 report, were never made available to the public. It’s just the latest component of a disgustingly-callous cover up; in light of this latest revelation, the number of veterans mistreated by the system may be even higher than previously thought.
“Our veterans deserve first-rate, high quality care, but it seems the Department of Veterans Affairs may be hindering that once again,” MacArthur said in a statement obtained by Save Jersey. “Learning that the VA has not publicly released the findings of 140 health care investigations since 2006 is deeply troubling.”
MacArthur and five other members sent a letter (readable here) to the VA’s Deputy Inspector General demanding the investigation reports’ release.
“Oversight is necessary to ensure the VA is delivering proper care to our veterans, especially in the wake of previous shortcomings at the Department,” MacArthur added. “If there are further problems that have been uncovered, our veterans and the American people deserve to know.”
MacArthur, a freshman, represents a district dominated by retired veterans and the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. His neighbor to the South, Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-02), has been a force behind the effort to privatize many veteran health care services typically handled through VA institutions.